Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Shhhhh, Dirty Secrets

When you have a band, there are some rules. They tend to vary a bit from surgeon to surgeon, but I follow most of what my surgeon requires. I've covered quite a bit what I do, but not so much what I don't. So...
  • While I try to generally make good choices, I do eat quite a bit of crap---it ebbs and flows how much. I think I had candy or dessert 5 times the week before last. One day, I had a dessert to my dessert. That single-serve mac & cheese that you microwave? Check, love that alien orange cheese now and then. I manage this though with portion control (hard at times!) and being sure that I really want the crap and there isn't something else going on with me that I am hiding from.
  • I don't track calories or protein intake. I just try to generally eat a balanced diet. I do take daily gummy vitamins.
  • I drink soda now and then. It's diet, but it's soda. Yesterday at Target diet orange soda kept staring at me at the checkout stand. So, I drank it!
  • When I go out to dinner, I will have wine or some other adult beverage. Sometimes my drink is booze and soda! (I find that if I stir it up with the straw, I can knock some of the carbonation and don't have any issues.)
  • Since my band is essentially empty, I don't eat little itty bitty bites of food. They are pretty normal sized.
  • Most people think I workout a lot, but in addition to the health benefits, I do it to manage stress. My morning workouts make a huge difference in stress management through the day. If I go for a second workout, it's usually because I am in a bad mood or don't have anything better to do.
I don't really think these are "dirty secrets", but I liked the title and thought I'd share my reality. Does that mean maintenance will look like this for you? Or if you are in maintenance you "should" be doing the same? Hell no! Figure out what works for you and remember don't compare. Just because it works for me, doesn't mean it will work for you. And, that's OK! : )


Lap Band Gal said...

Love this post...I am so bad about NOT eating fruits/veggies...sigh. And yes, there is something about that fake orange cheese that me likey :-)

Cat's Chic Chat said...

This is so good to hear, I love hearing maintenance stories and how people operate.

I'm bad about my fruits and veggies too like Karin above me.

Amy W. said...

good for you for being honest. We sound a lot alike in our "secrets"...although hell, nothing is really a secret with me. I think it is am important point to make that you, me, others...can succeed with the right balance, even if what you are balancing is is candy and dessert.

MandaPanda said...

Posts like this give me hope that I may actually reach my goal and be able to maintain it! It's nice to know you don't have to be perfect to be successful.

Beth Ann said...

That is what I HOPE my maintenance will look like! I will get back to you in a few months and let you know. :)